This is Arvell Craig with The Monday Morning Dev for
November 17, 2014
Today’s topic comes from the Parable of the Sower.
I’m looking at the version in Matthew 13:1-23.
Now, I’m not going to read the passage because it is not only very familiar,
but my message is targetting people, including myself who would already know this
story very well.
The parable gives four different situations where a farmer tries sowing seeds, the
first three times are ineffective and finally on the fourth time, the seeds bears fruit.
And specifically the last verse of the story, Matthew 13:23 which reads, “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” (Matthew 13:23 NLT)
First point of interest, is the progression and the focus of what we deal with.
The first stage is the struggle of understanding.
The second stage is the struggle with persecution.
The third stage is the struggle is within ourseleves own desires and goals.
The final stage… which Jesus doesn’t even talk about the soil, the surroundings, doesn’t even talk about the battle within, but simply about the results.
And so good soil isn’t something we can judge in of it’s self, but rather by the result, only by our fruitfulness can we judge the condition of our soil or souls or heart.
This same idea was previously expressed in Matthew 12:33: “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”
But Christians don’t bear bad fruit. We either bear good fruit, or we bear nothing at all.
The amount of fruit is probably based on pruning, but I’ll deal with that another time.
Today I just want to look at whether or not we are producing.
The ingredients are simply to hear, understand, stop letting your goals and desires or the world’s distractions get in the way, of what God has ALREADY deposited inside you.
But so many of us only focus on hearing and learning and understanding and knowing… When we know enough, and just need to let God go and flow through us.
So, if you truly understand God’s word and his will, and yet you’re not seeing fruit. The one question remains, Is your lifestyle choking God’s seed.
God I thank you for giving us your word and for giving us understanding.
Would you, by the power of your grace UPROOT from our hearts, distracting desires,
corrupting goals, ungodly beliefs that are tainted filled with half truths.
Helpful to allow you to do, through us what you created us to do. In Jesus Name.